This course is a crucial course for any teacher preparing to teach Singapore Math. Master teacher and grammar school principal Dawn Swartz blends her familiarity with classical education, her extensive experience, and her passion for Singapore Math into this practical course on how to implement and teach Singapore Math in a school or homeschool setting.
Dawn has overseen the transition to and implementation of Singapore Math in her own school (Covenant Christian Academy, Pennsylvania) and also serves as a consultant to other schools seeking to do the same. In 16 hands-on presentations, Dawn explains and demonstrates the Singapore approach to teaching mathematics with its emphasis on helping students “see” mathematics in action and thus acquire math sense or numeracy that brings delight to students. Using clear printouts and a whiteboard, Dawn demonstrates the key teaching methods employed by Singapore, including the use of the bar graph, word problems, and other pedagogies.
Dawn reports that since implementing Singapore Math, the vast majority of students at her school report a love for math that the school has never seen before. Instead of bringing a math consultant to your school or homeschool, enjoy having Dawn come to you by means of these training videos.
This course will be particularly helpful for newly hired teachers who will be teaching using Singapore Math and for those educators wanting to research the possibility of adopting Singapore Math in either a school or homeschool setting.
Although teaching students has always been her first love, Dawn Swartz has found joy in serving as the grammar school dean at Covenant Christian Academy in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Dawn is a graduate of Messiah College and has served as a classical educator since 2004. She is a lover of mathematics and led her school’s adoption of Singapore Math. She also provides ongoing training and support for math teachers using Singapore Math at her school and frequently consults with others seeking to implement Singapore Math. Outside of school, Dawn enjoys spending time on the Chincoteague Island with her family, reading mysteries, pursuing dark chocolate, and playing the cello.
To obtain a certification credit for this course, simply complete each presentation lesson or discussion in the course (by marking it complete or by taking the quiz) and then also take the certification test at the end of the course. The quizzes are designed to ensure that you have understood the essential content of each presentation, and they can be taken more than once if necessary. The cumulative certification test at the end of the course is given as a pass/fail test and requires that you upload one or more essays demonstrating your understanding of the course. (Please note that essays are simply evaluated by word count.) When you have completed the course, a certificate that you can print or email will become available within “My Courses” (accessible under “Courses” in the main menu when you are signed in as an active subscriber).
We recommend previewing the essay question within the end of course test before starting the course. This will help in guiding your note taking as you progress through the course. Please allow approximately 2 weeks for essay submissions to be reviewed.
By taking the course for certification credit, you also will be on your way to obtaining a Level 3 certification.